Friday, June 17, 2016

Organizing Life

Happy Friday, good people of the blogosphere! Today, I'm just talking. It's probably a topic you're all too familiar with, so I do hope you'll read along. Ready? Let's get going!

So, as you all probably know, I reorganize my everything once a year in January. I look back over the previous year and measure what's working, what isn't, and add new things to my schedule I'd like to try.

This year killed me! I just tried to do too much. I'm not afraid to admit failure. After all, I'm only one person; I can't do everything all the time.

So, what to do about it (because I refuse to take it lying down)?

Drop back and re-group. That's all I can do. I have to nail down a schedule and stick to it like superglue.

Things I want to look at:
  • My blog--Formulating a plan and a posting schedule
  • My book publication schedule--I want to amp this up
  • Takeovers in events--I'm looking to pair this down to one a month (they take a lot of my time and $$)
  • My radio show--Figuring out content that doesn't require me to rely on other people--that KILLED me
  • IBGW--Finding new avenues to promote my amazeballs team
  • My downtime--Scheduling in time for me outside work
  • Time, period--finding out where all mine is going, and why I can't seem to get a grip on managing it right now
  • Reviews--I have a ton of books on my list to read still--gotta carve out time for those
So, there's my to-do for the week after Utopia this year. I like to set goals. *grin* Like you didn't already know that about me. haha!

Thank goodness I have a planning app! Deadlines are things I need, and clear direction is something I thrive on.

Do any of you have suggestions on how I can tackle all that (like desired content for a bookish radio show)? What about your schedule? Tell me in the comments!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. Jo, So good to see another planner who loves/needs deadlines! I drive my family crazy with all my planning!

    For your bookish broadcast, there are several things you can do to get content. If you wanted to do author interviews, you could drop in on Goodreads and post to some of the author forums and probably fill up your dockets for months! (I certainly do with my Monday Meet the Author spot on my blog.) Another option is to do a reading (which would kill two birds with one stone.) You would need to get written permission from the authors to read their books, but I bet a lot would give it to you. (You have my permission to read any of mine ;) ) Another option that would not require anyone else, but would probably take up a fair amount of your time, would be to do book news, sort of like a radio version of Galleycat. There are also a bunch of sites on Twitter (can't think of them off hand.) Perhaps by following a bunch of them, you can sort of pick and choose the stories of interest to you and share those. You could also set up a google news alert.

    Good luck!

    1. These are AWESOME suggestions! Thank you so much <3

      I'm rather OCD about my schedule, and it feels like life has taken a chunk out of me the last few months. All the stress is impacting my work, and I need that structure or I go a little crazy. LOL!

      I NEED deadlines and to hold myself accountable for them.

      Thanks for the luck wishes! Fingers crossed, sweets!


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